Only a healthy pet is a happy companion. Assuring your pet's daily well-being requires regular care and close attention to any hint of ill health. We recommend bringing your pet in for yearly exams, or every 6 months for senior pets, so we are better able to recognize what is normal and abnormal for your pet and ensure they will be always be a happy, healthy, companion!
Please consult your veterinarian if you notice any of the following signs:
- Abnormal discharges from the nose, eyes, or other body openings.
- Abnormal behavior, sudden viciousness, or lethargy.
- Abnormal lumps, limping, or difficulty getting up or lying down.
- Loss of appetite, marked weight losses or gains, or excessive water consumption.
- Difficult, abnormal, or uncontrolled waste elimination.
- Excessive head shaking, scratching, and licking or biting any part of the body.
- Dandruff, loss of hair, open sores, or a ragged or dull coat.
- Foul breath or excessive tarter deposits on teeth.
Vaccines are health products that trigger protective immune responses in pets and prepare them to fight future infections from disease-causing agents. Vaccines can lessen the severity of future diseases and certain vaccines can prevent infection altogether. Today, a variety of vaccines are available for use by veterinarians.
Very young puppies are highly susceptible to infectious diseases. This is especially true as the natural immunity provided in their mothers' milk gradually wears off. To keep gaps in protection as narrow as possible and to provide optimal protection against disease for the first few months of life, a series of vaccinations are scheduled, usually 3-4 weeks apart. For most puppies, the final vaccination in the series is administered when they are 12 to 16 weeks old.
Food & Nutrition
Feed a high quality diet designed for dogs. A wide variety of diets and formulations are available and your veterinarian should be your primary source of information as to the best choice for your pet. The amount fed will vary with the type of food and the individual dog.
Puppies are usually fed 3 times daily when between 6 and 12 weeks old, 2 times daily when 12 weeks to 6 months old, and may be fed 1 or 2 times daily when older than 6 months.
There are many types of parasites that are found in the GI tract of dogs. Worms such as roundworms, whipworms, and hookworms are very common in almost all parts of the world. These parasites shed their infective eggs in the pet's stool and contaminate the environment; some eggs can live in yards or fields for years, even encysting in the pets’ body and spontaneously re-emerge with no warning. The eggs are typically ingested by the pet and the life cycle is completed when the worm grow into an adult in the intestine of a new host. Roundworms also carry the potential risk of transmission to people and among other things can lead to blindness in children.
TICKS & FLEAS
Another type of parasite that lives on the skin of your pet is ticks and fleas. Fleas are not found as commonly in a city setting but we do have them in our province. Fleas are particularly hard to get rid of as they can leave in the environment for prolonged periods of time. Ticks on the other hand are very prevalent in our province. Ticks can carry serious diseases such as Lyme disease and Anaplasmosis.
Mosquitoes are carriers of a type of parasite that can cause Heartworm disease; this disease can be fatal if not treated. It is for these reasons we strongly recommend monthly year round deworming, as well as using topical products during tick and mosquito season. Not only do these parasites cause health problems to your pets, some parasites are able to transfer over to humans as well.
If you suspect that your pet may be affected, don't hesitate to contact your veterinarian today for direction on what to do! Your veterinarian will also be able to answer all your questions and help you prevent your pets from getting parasites in the first place.